August 16, 2022

North Korea warns daily of Omicron dangers, still reports zero COVID cases

State media claims new variant up to six times more infectious than Delta as country says it tested 1,421 more people

North Korea has informed the U.N. health agency that it remains free of COVID-19 after screening an additional 1,421 people, as state media has called for strengthened anti-virus measures to confront the new Omicron variant.

According to the World Health Organization data, the DPRK conducted the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests during the two-week period from Nov. 12-25. The tests carried out from Nov. 19-25 covered 128 people with flu-like illness or severe acute respiratory infections and 579 health care workers.